Lavender has been shown to reduce both blood pressure and heart rate. Placing a lavender plant next to your bed so you can inhale its soothing scent while you slumber could help promote a good night’s sleep—naturally. Available at Burpee.com; $13.95.
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Jasmine makes an attractive accent plant, but it's more than just a pretty face. According to a German study, the scent of jasmine actually improves the quality of your sleep and increases your chances of waking up with a better attitude and less anxiety. Available at Burpee.com; $13.95.
The peace lily is beloved for its graceful beauty and easy care requirements, but it's a smart bedroom pick for its ability to reduce the microbe count in your home’s air, which in turn can relieve allergy symptoms. And don't you think that a little respite from wheezing, sniffling, and a dry, itchy throat will make for a better night’s sleep? Available at HomeDepot.com; $30.
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Aloe vera has long been known for its ability to heal burns and rashes, but it has one other secret health property: It promotes better air quality. Aloe vera emits oxygen at night instead of during the day, giving the air around it a boost that could benefit your sleep. Plus, it's tolerant of neglect, making it a good choice for newbie houseplant owners. Available at HomeDepot.com; $8.85.
Inhaling the sweet scent of valerian flowers, according to one study, may help you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. If you want to keep a valerian plant in your bedroom, be sure it will get at least six hours of sunlight a day—it needs full sun to stay healthy. Available on Amazon; $9.99.
More commonly seen creeping up the facades of old brick buildings than resting on bedside tables, English ivy may seem like a strange choice for indoor gardeners, but there's good reason to keep this ground cover in your bedroom. Ivy can drastically reduce the airborne mold in a room in just hours, which is great news for allergy sufferers in search of better sleep. If you need another reason, English ivy is a forgiving plant that requires only moderate exposure to sunlight. Available at Lowe's; $3.33.
Gerbera daisies bring cheerful color during the day, and at night they emit oxygen and absorb toxins and carbon dioxide from the air. These flowers have long been recommended for people who suffer from sleep apnea and allergies. Although gerbera daisies require more maintenance than other sleep-promoting plants, the benefits they provide could make the extra care well worth it. Available at Burpee.com; $19.99 for three plants.
Rosemary has a strong, heady aroma that is known to reduce anxiety and stress, a quality that could make the hours you spend sleeping more peaceful and satisfying. Keep one in your bedroom, and it won’t be too inconvenient for you to snip a sprig or two for a recipe when you're cooking dinner. Available at Burpee.com; $18.95 for three plants.
A Peaceful Retreat
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